Indonesia currently faces major challenges in the health sector, particularly mother and child’s health status that have not improved significantly, despite the improvement in maternal health service and coverage. Based on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) data in 2014, more than 40 mothers in Indonesia die every day due to childbirth, or about 305 cases of maternal death per 100,000 live births. Whereas, the MDGs achievement in 2015 mentions that approximately 80% of mothers in Indonesia have received four antenatal consultations, and roughly 80% of births are performed by professional health workers.
Consequently in 2013, Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI) and the National Research Council of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) produced a consensus report titled Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia. The report highlights the lack of valid data and information to prove what really happened in Indonesia for several decades.
Based on this finding, AIPI collaborate with USAID to implement Evidence Summit on Reducing Maternal and Neonatal Mortality in Indonesia that aims to support Indonesian government and stakeholders in education and health services. The program runs from July 2016 to March 2017 (Phase I) and in April to December 2017 (Phase II). A more detailed explanation about Evidence Summit is available in the following concept notes: